Sunday, May 22, 2022

Several players staking claim to the Zebras jerseys

Although the writing is on the wall that the incumbent Zebras coach will soon be history, the post for the Zebras coach was long advertised and Tshosane might be roped in as an assistant.

Tshosane must be credited for giving several players a chance into the team and it looks to be paying dividends.
Just recently at the Council for Southern African tournament (COSAFA) in Zimbabwe, one of the players Tshosane introduced was ECCO City Green left back, Ontse Ntesa.

Ntesa was not only introduced but was given more time to play, especially in the last two matches for the team.
The pint sized and well built defender marshaled the defence well and executed many excellent crosses. In addition he can easily deal with those burly strikers.

Before being called for the Zebras, Ntesa last played for the national Under 20 that was under the tutelage of Sthandwa Mogwadi but could not make it to the Under 23 of Major David Bright. Already he has put pressure on some of the naturally left gifted defenders like Mosimanegape Ramohibidu.

Some of the players Tshosane introduced and are making huge contributions are Ofentse Nato (Gaborone United), Mogakolodi Ngele (Uniao Flamengo Santos), Keabetswe Jenamiso (ECCO City Green) and Botlhe Moralo of Notwane.
On the other hand, some players who were in the Zebras before failed to produce the form they known for.

One of them is Malepa Bolelang, who managed to end his national team drought by scoring two goals.
Ramohibidu was also introduced by Tshosane but he struggled to deal with burly and mobile strikers.

Nato seems to be growing with every international match he features in. The 19-year-old is a defensive midfielder, but can be offensive once circumstances allow. Even at the COSAFA tournament where Botswana bowed out in the quarter finals, Nato played his heart out and received rave reviews from many soccer gurus.

Ngele could not accompany the team to Zimbabwe but he is slowly maturing. He showed maturity in the few matches he played. Taking into account that he is more of a supporting striker, his partnership with strikers like Mokgathi Mokgathi and Bolelang can be deadly.
The impressive performance of Notwane goalie, Botlhe Moralo, also did not go unnoticed and he was even given a run recently in Zimbabwe.

He featured was in the last match against Seychelles and continued to keep a clean sheet that had been left by Noah Maposa.

Moralo looks to keep Maposa on his toes and what gives him advantage is his height.

Jenamiso, another towering defender, played for a few minutes in some of the Zebras matches. His height looks to be an advantage compared to others defenders.


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